You thought we were done with draft talk after this past weekend, but apparently not. The CFL Draft had yet another Syracuse Orange name called, as offensive lineman Patrick Davis was selected in the fourth round (28th overall) by the Montréal Alouettes.
Le joueur de ligne offensive @PatDavis_69 de @SyracuseU est notre 3e choix de la soirée, sélectionné en 4e ronde, 28e au total!— Alouettes de Montréal (@MTLAlouettes) May 5, 2021
Offensive lineman Patrick David from @SyracuseU, selected in the 4th round (28th overall) is our 3rd pick of the #CFLDraft! pic.twitter.com/Yk5silOEDV
Davis was primarily a backup at guard and tackle for Syracuse while on campus, though his 2020 season ended pretty early due to injury. It’s great to see him get a shot to continue playing football despite that injury — and better still, he’ll do so for his home province team (Davis is originally from Gatineau, about two hours outside of Montréal... interestingly, he actually lived closer to Ottawa, where the Redblacks play).
His selection also strengthens the already vibrant talent pipeline between Syracuse football and Canada, in both directions. On top of the long list of Canadian players to join SU in recent years, there’s also a ton of former Orange players currently in the CFL.
Jamal Custis and Dyshawn Davis are both currently on the BC Lions, and Sean Riley is on the Calgary Stampeders roster. The Ottawa Redblacks actually have a ton of Orange players right now, including Amba Etta-Tawo, Jamar McGloster, Ervin Phillips and #SHAMARKO Thomas.
Best of luck to Patrick as he aims to make the Alouettes’ roster. The 2021 CFL season begins on August 5 after last season was cancelled entirely due to COVID-19 concerns.